The Color Purple Essays

  • The Color Purple

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    Celie's Letters to God “Dear God, I am fourteen years old. I have always been a good girl. Maybe you can give me a sign letting me know what is happening to me.” In the critically acclaimed film, “ The Color Purple,” in Celie's early life, she is going through a lot physically and mentally. Celie has been abused by her so called “father” and conceives two children that are taken right out of her hands. Alice Walker uses the protagonist, character Celie to express what is taking place in her life

  • The Color Purple

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    Devon Adams Professor Blakely Film Appreciation Film Review #1: The Color Purple The Color Purple is the story of Celie Johnson, and African-American woman struggling to overcome poverty, abuse, and sexism in the early 1900s. At 14 years old, Celie gives birth to her second child after she is molested by her father. Her father takes the child from her and is told to never speak of it again. Nettie, Celie’s younger sister, is set to marry Mister, a local farmer. Her father refuses to let Nettie marry

  • Isolation In The Color Purple

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    The Color Purple by Alice Walker includes various ways of creating a developing character in this story. Through Celie’s changing character, Celie also changes from an isolated person to becoming more of more of a person who wants to get included with her society. Celie has many troubles of being isolated in her life and is afraid if she tries to share her thoughts. This all tails back to the fact that Alice wants to show that Celie drives to reach her goal of going from writing to God, to someone

  • Color Purple Religion

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    Many novels portray the life of an African American woman throughout history. However, the most criticized and blessed novel is Alice Walkers “The Color Purple” because of its vivid detail of African American male stereotypes. Especially in the recreated film of the novel in 1985. Furthermore, the explicit details of rape, marriage abuse, homosexuality, incest, and the portrayed image of God throughout the novel would not be overlooked by readers. Alice Walker explored the universal theme of the

  • Discrimination In The Color Purple

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    The first issue that impacted Celie was a historical concern. This issue was racism. According to the book, The Color Purple, “Just then the come by. All these children, say the mayor’s wife, digging in her pocketbook. Cute as little buttons though, she say… Sofia and the prizefighter don’t say nothing … All your children so clean, she say, would you like to work for me, be my maid?” (Walker, 85). Although this incident did not happen to Celie directly, it happened to her stepson’s ex-wife, Sofia

  • Imperialism In The Color Purple

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    A moving inspirational novel told in letters to portray how life was for African Americans, and especially women is The Color Purple. It is not about purple in no way at all; it is actually a difficult book to tackle, dealing with rape insest, explicit sex, sexism, and violence toward women and a lesbian relationship. Not only does it speak of women, but it tells of how there was a negative depiction of African American men during this time. The novel consists of letters written by the main protagonist

  • The Color Purple Women

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    In Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, the main character Celie is a women in the early twentieth century, this was not a simple task, especially for a women of color. She has dealt with rape, postpartum depression, suppression, silence, loss, and much more. Her life was a difficult one, if it could even be called a life in the first place. To have life is to know self, and Celie does not discover who she could be until the end, therefore, she is not truly living until more than half her life has passed

  • Color Purple Relationships

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    The importance of female relationships in standing up against oppression and abuse within the novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker. In the novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker the reader is immediately introduced to the harsh reality of the protagonists’ life through the very first sentence, “You better not never tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mammy.” (p.1). From that point onwards the narrative follows young Celie from she raped and abused by the man she believes to be her father to becoming

  • The Color Purple Essay

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    Knowledge Title The color purple according to Shug, is a color that God created in order to make his creations happy; but for Celie who’s never noticed the flowers, purple are the bruises in her skin after being beat or the sense of pride that she never believed in. Alice Walker was discovering religion at the time of this book, she believed that the color purple held both of these meanings. “If it is true that we run from that chases us, then The Color Purple (this color that is always a surprise

  • Sofia In The Color Purple

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    In the beginning of the novel, The Color Purple, one of the consequences for being a black woman was being seen as a prey. Instead of being seen as her mother’s daughter, Celie was seen as an easy target. Her stepfather had much interest in her, and he took action with his interest. He constantly abused, and raped Celie. To the point that Celie became pregnant two times while living with her stepfather. Celie became powerless, and her emotions were no more. She became a black helpless woman thanks

  • Baffles In The Color Purple

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    Our society as a whole has augmented into the idea of gender roles. Women are limited as to what they can do outside of their household. However, the advancement does not remove the damage. This topic baffles many due to previous notions. In The Color Purple, Celie is someone who struggles through this. She is unable to do anything other than serve as an object. She suffers through a lot of pain that causes her to lose sense of her feelings. Not only does this malign her, but also generations to come

  • The Color Purple Research Paper

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    The Color Purple was published in 1982, written by Alice Walker. Alice grew up and lived in Eatonton, Georgia and worked as a social worker, teacher, lecturer, and took part in the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Alice decided to write this novel to describe the struggles of three generations of Georgia sharecroppers. This novel sold more than 5 million copies and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1983. (“Alice Walker”) This audience was meant to reach out to a mature audience that

  • The Color Purple Literary Analysis

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    Literary Analysis Paper The Author and His or Her Times The Color Purple was written by Alice Walker. She was born on February 9,1944, and lived in Putnam County, Georgia. She lived in a time where there was still Jim Crow laws, so she lived a very tough life. Because she lived in a time where segregation was around, her novels and poems have a similar theme that revolve oppression of the the African American people. When she was 14, she got shot in the eye, and became blind. Later on in life

  • The Color Purple Comparison Essay

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    The Color Purple is written by Alice Walker, and was later made into a film directed by Steven Spielberg. The Color Purple focuses on a woman who is going through struggles in life, such as her father raping her as a child and her oppressed marriage. In the end she learns to deal with life through God and to take everyday as a blessing. Not only does the film and book speak about life struggles but also they share the points of happiness in the book, and love, in the film through the plot structure

  • What Is The Tone Of The Color Purple

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    The Color Purple is a novel that falls under the genre Historical fiction. It is consisted of letters to god. We read Celie’s letters in order to understand the story. The author, Alice Walker, composed Celie’s letters in an illiterate way. She showcased Celie as a poor, uneducated African American woman. Hence, Celie’s letters contained slang, and a significant amount of grammatical errors. This novel is told in the first person point of view. Celie narrates the novel, sometimes so does her sister

  • The Color Purple Research Paper

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    Amanda Bożek Mrs. Halicos English 101 24 April 2017 The Color Purple Author: Alice Walker Alice Walker's The Color Purple constructs an intricate mosaic of women joined by their love for each other, the men who abuse them, and the children they care for. Celie, the protagonist and narrator of The Color Purple, is a poor, uneducated, fourteen-year-old black girl living in rural Georgia. Celie starts writing letters

  • The Color Purple Research Paper

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    “All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men, but I ain't never thought I'd have to fight in my own house!” (Walker, pg 60) In the book, The Color Purple, there are many controversies that arise; three main ones are gender inequality, race inequality, and violence. This book was written in the early 1900’s, which women during this time were supposed to be housewives while the men would go out and

  • The Color Purple Sexism Analysis

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    Alice walker created the splash in the literary world because of his womanist concept in her epistolary novel The Color Purple in 1982. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her fiction in 1982. And she was the first black woman to won this prize. Many women writers during 1970’s and 80’s like Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Toni Code Bambara, Walker, Joyce Carol Thomas, Audre Lordes and Paul Marshal talk about how black women’s lives were affected by sexism and racism. Their writings were like bulwarks against

  • The Color Purple Research Paper

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    “Feminism is not about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It is about changing the way the world perceives strength.” (Anderson) The book, The Color Purple written by Alice Walker illustrates the struggles of an African American women in the early 1930’s and how the flat character, Celie tries to reverse the whole idea of gender roles. Alice Walker validates the importance of women throughout the book and positions characters to break gender norms of that time period. Society in the

  • The Color Purple Response Essay

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    I have recently been reading “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker and I think that it is a very interesting book so far. The book is written in the form of letters, which the main character sends to her sister and vice versa. I think that this is a very interesting way to write a novel because it gives a few different perspectives and it is very different from most other novels. This book was written in 1982 and depicts the struggles of being a black female American and the issues that arise due to